Definitions for jet set
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an international social set of wealthy people who travel frequently by jetliner to resorts.
Origin of jet set:
a set of rich and fashionable people who travel widely for pleasure
A set of wealthy people who travel for pleasure
To follow the life style of the jet set.
Relating to the life style of the jet set.
In journalism, jet set was a term for an international social group of wealthy people, organizing and participating all around the world in social activities unreachable to ordinary people. The term, which replaced "café society", came from the lifestyle of traveling from one stylish or exotic place to another via jet plane. The term jet set is attributed to Igor Cassini, a reporter for the New York Journal-American who wrote under the pen name "Cholly Knickerbocker". Although jet passenger service in the 1950s was initially marketed primarily to the rich, its introduction eventually resulted in a substantial democratization of air travel. Today, jet set no longer has literal cachet. It is often understood to refer to those who have the independent wealth and time to regularly travel widely, at will, for extended periods, for pleasure. It could also now be taken to mean those who can afford to travel in privately owned or leased aircraft.
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